This unit of study introduces fundamental concepts of modern ecology for environmental scientists through a series of modules focussing on applied questions. Using case studies from Australia, students are exposed to the challenges of doing ecology and how cutting edge research is being applied to environmental management using evidence-based approaches. Meetings and discussions with people working in the field give students an insight into the ways that ecologists address ecological problems and how way they generate an understanding of natural systems. Students have the opportunity to consider different ways of doing science and ways of dealing with different kinds of data, including qualitative, quantitative, anecdotal and experimental approaches
One 3-hour lecture per week, one 2-day field trip, one half-day field trip
Case study, assignment, critical review, presentation (100%)
This unit assumes a sound understanding of scientific principles, HSC level Mathematics and understanding of basic statistics.